The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Event Presentation/Production department was honored with its first Golden Matrix Award for Best Overall Videoboard Display in the National Hockey League during the 24th Annual IDEA (Information Display and Entertainment Association) Conference last week in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Golden Matrix Awards recognize excellence and creativity in several categories of electronic display production which have been produced for display on a system to a live audience during an event. The Golden Matrix Awards were created by Mitsubishi Diamond Vision and SONY Jumbotron in 1988. The winners in all categories of Best Overall Videoboard Display follow:
Best Overall Videoboard Display, Hockey: Columbus Blue Jackets
Best Overall Videoboard Display, University: Texas A&M
Best Overall Videoboard Display, Facilities: United Center
Best Overall Videoboard Display, Minor League: Manchester Monarchs
Best Overall Videoboard Display, Football: Houston Texans
Best Overall Videoboard Display, Basketball: Miami Heat
Best Overall Videoboard Display, Baseball: Houston Astros
“We are extremely proud to see the great work of our talented Event Presentation/Production team recognized as the best in the NHL. Their entertaining and creative work consistently delivers a truly memorable game experience for our fans,” said Larry Hoepfner, Columbus Blue Jackets Senior Vice-President of Business Operations.
Judging was based on the following criteria: live camera work, PA announcer, video graphics, headshots, replays, video open/team intros, sponsor features, scoring sequence, celebration/win sequence, live elements (dance teams, bands, cheerleaders, mascot), crowd prompts, interactive feature and stats.
The Information Display and Entertainment Association is an international association of electronic display system and scoreboard operators. Founded in 1982, IDEA members represent teams, public facilities, manufactures and suppliers worldwide. IDEA encompasses all branches of the sports, entertainment and convention industries including baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, race tracks, convention centers, universities and casinos.